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    While some freedom seekers and freed persons left Hampton for new lives in other cities and states, other formerly enslaved men and women transitioned to some form of paid employment with the Ridgelys after being manumitted (set free by Governor Ridgely in his will) or freed by state law in 1864.


    Read more about a man who was freed by the terms of Governor Ridgely's will and then worked to free his daughter.